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(MDB) 'Tampa'

1935, Cook

'Tampa' (Paul Cook, R. 1935). DB, 6" (15 cm). Very early bloom. Reddish self, yellow beards. 'Socrates' X I. humilis (arenaria). Cook 1936. Honrable Mention 1938.

´╗┐Note: For registration purposes at the time, the A.I.S. considered I. arenaria, or 'Arenaria', to be a form of I. flavissima´╗┐ and recorded the latter name as pollen parent. See, however, the early Dwarf Iris Society Check Lists.

When Longfield gardens introduced 'Keepsake' and 'Tampa', they provided the following note. "Cook Originations; New types of Dwarf Bearded; These two new dwarfs are the result of very careful and painstaking work by Paul Cook. Out of approximately 27 seedlings , ranging through shades of yellow and many shades of red these two were selected as the best. The third year from seed each plant gave forth from 50-70 bloom stalks. The flowers resemble arenaria in size and form and are similar to 'Socrates' in height but their stems are slender and wiry. Unlike arenaria the blossoms stay open all day, sometimes lasting until the second. Their fountain like foliage make them especially suitable for the rock garden. Their blooming time is May.

'Tampa' (Cook, 1936). ('Socrates' X I. arenaria [flavissima]). Flowers very small, and of a decided redness for a dwarf bearded Iris, carried on slender stems that are often gracefully flexed. Much redder and brighter than its parent, 'Socrates'. Flowers two inches by two inches, Dahlia carmine; Beard light Cadmium. Stems 14 inches tall, abundantly produced, bearing one or two flowers each. Strong and vigorous in growth, increasing rapidly to make fine clumps."

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Topic revision: r9 - 03 Apr 2016, Harloiris
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